FLITE Center, a resource to connect young adults aging out of foster care, will host their 2nd Annual Heroes Luncheon entitled “We Rise” on September 20 at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale, 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale at 12 p.m.
FLITE Center’s mission is to guide those aging out of foster care and other vulnerable youth for a successful transition to independence through housing, education, employment, and system of care coordination. At any given time, there are approximately 600 youth between the age of 18 and 23 that have exited the foster care system in Broward County and another 120 youth that are getting prepared for their transition out on their own. FLITE Center is a resource to connect young adults aging out of foster care with the full range of assistance that’s available in the community.
· The Luncheon will pay tribute to the unsung heroes from our community of care who champion young people in need of a hero. The event will honor FLITE Center’s partners, funders and front-line staff from partnering organizations that provide support and dedicate their lives to changing the future of transitioning youth.
· The Honorees include:
o The “YouMatter” Award: The Gore Memorial Foundation and Jeremy Sahn – Shareholder at Becker
o TIL System of Care Hero Award: The Frederick A. Deluca Foundation
o TIL System of Care Impact Award: CareerSource Broward
o Collaborator of the Year Award: Broward County’s Human Trafficking Coalition
o TIL System of Care – “Unsung Heroes”
o “Extraordinary Acts of Kindness” Award: Irma Doerfler, a FLITE Volunteer
o Lifetime Hero Award: Theresa Kennedy, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Department of Children & Families and Dion Smith, Assistant Director of Program Services for the Children’s Services Council of Broward County
· All proceeds will benefit The FLITE Center including emergency housing needs for all youth transitioning to Independent Living in Broward County.
Individual Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased on the FLITE CENTER Website.